Lovely Linen Facts

Shirts made from linen are some of the most comfortable you can wear. Some years ago, archaeologists uncovered tiny linen fibres in a Georgian cave that dates back to 36,000 BC. This is the very first known examples of man-made textiles. Therefore, linen has been with us for a very long time indeed.
Almost all of the European linen produced is for use in textiles, with 10% being used for technical applications such as insulation, sporting goods, boats, stationery, medical supplies, health and eco-construction. 80% of the world’s linen is produced in Europe. Here are some interesting facts about linen:
1-Linen will become softer each time it is washed.
2-Linen flaxis able to self-pollinate.


3-The quality of the flax is dependent on factors like the root length, thickness, stem colour and root-end.
4-Frenchman, Philippe Henri de Girard patented spinning frames for wet and dry flax spinning. He patented them in England too in 1815 under the name Horace Hall.
5-The sails of famous explorers’ ships were made from flax. Such ships as those captained by Captain Cook and Admiral Lord Nelson.
6-Linen should always be dried naturally and never put in a tumble dryer. While the fabric is still damp, roll it up, pop into a plastic bag and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Use a steam iron set to a high temperature and you’ll end up with silky soft linen. Check out the range of Farah Shirts from ejmenswear.com/men/farah for designer shirts of finest quality cotton and linen.
7-The word ‘lingerie’ is linked to linen.
8-Flax has been used for a variety of purposes in the Middle East since the 5th millennium BC.
9-The Bible forbids the wearing of clothing made from a mixture of linen and wool.
10-Early condoms were made from linen. Invented in the early part of the 16th century by Gabriele Falloppio, the condoms consisted of linen sheaths that had been treated with chemicals and dried before use. It has been said that Casanova, the famed lover of the 18th century wore linen condoms.
11-The national flower of Belarus is the common flax.


12-Linen is used in the construction of aircraft because it’s light and highly malleable. It can be stretched around even the most awkward of shapes. Linen was used in every single aircraft used in WWII operations by the RAF. After the outbreak of war, the production of flax increased fivefold.
13-By 1944, Northern Ireland had 105,000 acres of flax fields in cultivation, employing 60,000 workers.
14-One of the most famous pieces of linen in the world is the Shroud of Turin in Italy. It’s a single piece of cloth measuring 14 feet by almost 4 feet that is said to bear the imprint of the body of Christ.

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